Brent Vanhomwegen’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've been looking forward to this movie for a long, long time. I was a huge fan of Peele's Get Out and his fresh take on the horror genre. So, I was curious what kind of story he would cook up next.
And Us proves that Jordan Peele wasn't a one time hit. I absolutely loved this movie. It's a more than well crafted and surprisingly funny thriller. The premise feels a lot like a Twilight Zone episode. And that is basically what the movie is, a long Twilight Zone episode. The overall idea of a doppelganger walking out there just frightens me.
Peele is a genius in creating these tense moments. The movie is full of them. But he did something different with them as well. He approached the scares with a comedic touch. I thought it was brilliant. Don't worry, the comedy doesn't overshadow the rest of the movie. It's perfectly balanced and worked out.
The fight sequences where helmed in a satisfying way. Peele knows where to put the camera in order to get a perfect image and to capture all the action.
The script was cleverly written with great dialogue and one liners. I feel like only Jordan himself could cook up a crazy story like this. I loved the twists and turns the movie took. I'm also glad that the movie didn't take itself too seriously. It knows what it is and plays with that aspect.
The whole mystery element isn't really explained properly. It's kind of vague, so don't question it too much. It's open for interpretation, for sure. You do get an explanation, of course. But I was left with some more questions the movie didn't answer.
Or maybe it did and they will be clear in a second viewing? Peele proved himself to be a master in creating clues that are important to solve the mystery. That's what he did in his previous movie. I'm sure he did the same thing in here as well.
The overall acting was superb. Especially from Lupita Nyong’o who was really frightening and compelling at the same time.
And! There's a big twist at the end that will change your whole look on the movie. I have to see it again with another point of view to fully understand it. It's also the kind of twist that wasn't necessary, if they didn't show it would've been a topic where people could debate on for years.
I also loved the score. It's perfect and brings a lot to the tension filled moments. Also the opening song was catchy as fuck and really haunting.
Looking forward to Peele's next movie and The Twilight Zone of course...(Big fan of that show)